More than 15 years ago, while serving in the Air Force, Chris Burnette decided he needed a hobby. Would fishing, woodworking or learning how to play the guitar work? Not for Burnette. “I was curious about how to make moonshine,” he remembers with a laugh. “So I called my grandma."
Story: The heart is a lonely hunter, said novelist Carson McCullers. So it is with Nance, a 30s-something divorcee who juggles her responsibilities as a social worker with the trials and tribulations of raising a teenage daughter. Through a dating service she comes in contact with Tom, a divorced salesman who cautiously picks an art museum for their first meeting.
Ever since the movie Sideways, people have jumped on the 'No Merlot' bandwagon and decided it wasn’t cool to drink merlot. The main character, Miles, played by Paul Giamatti, helped merlot's popularity plummet, while his choice of pinot noir became the 'it' wine. Merlot is still recovering sales-wise from a movie that debuted in 2004. Where’s the mer-love?
Elizabeth Marie DiLoreto & Jordan Keith Strope
It’s the time of year when socializing ramps up and invitations start arriving in both inboxes and mailboxes throughout the city. If you’re hosting a get-together this November, kick off the season in style
Students sewing costumes, building sets and even filling the director’s chair are common occurrences at Visitation Academy. Its middle and upper schools’ theater program, led by drama and speech teacher Marty Strohmeyer, allows young women to take the reins in four annual productions. “We believe in entrusting them as leaders—if you trust them, they are going to trust it and go with it,” Strohmeyer says.
Crisp air, roaring outdoor fire pits, and colorful, crunchy leaves—autumn has arrived! As we feel the fall season around us, our minds and tastes swing to red wines. And now, grenache has unmistakably drawn me in.
Lisa Marie Watson & Michael Theodore de los Reyes
It's one of the 10 most haunted places in America, according to TIME magazine. The Queen Mary—now a full-service hotel and entertainment venue—is docked at Long Beach, California, and remains a fabulous and eerie visit back in time.
Whitey Herzog will turn 83 next month, but you wouldn't know it. The man is everywhere: You see him at Cardinals games, you hear him on the radio, and you can meet him at the Whitey Herzog Youth Foundation Golf Tournament.
Many years ago, when I lived in Europe, I dined al fresco in a café in southern France. I ordered a bottle of Vouvray to pair with my seafood dish. To my surprise, the server brought a Champagne-shaped bottle to the table. However, my French was a bit rusty so I accepted the bottle.
Meghan Christina Blase and Charles Brian Flynn
Driving to Sequoia National Park from the south on California Highway 198, you traverse the flat, fertile San Joaquin Valley, often called the 'food basket of the world.' You begin your mountain ascent on The Generals Highway over continuous hairpin curves to a hiking and camping paradise almost 7,000 feet above sea level. Word to the wise: Don’t trust your GPS. You’ll still have 23 winding miles left to go from the park entrance to Wuksachi Lodge, the only lodging in the park--a beautiful mountain lodge with guest rooms located in groves of trees blending into the forest. With every modern convenience and mouth-watering high-country cuisine, you will be encountering the splendor of Mother Nature in pristine and peaceful perfection.
Pinot gris and pinot grigio are the same. It all depends on the country where the grape is grown. Italy and other parts of Europe know this gray-red grape as pinot grigio, the place of origin from which it gained worldwide popularity. Alsace, France; Oregon; Washington; Australia; New Zealand; and other parts of the world know it as pinot gris.
So, The Hundred-Foot Journey came out last week to much critical acclaim. The movie is vibrant and sumptuous; and the director, Lasse Hallström, films food like it is the sexiest, most beautiful thing on the planet. Movies about food range from the exotic and sensual to the dark—and even disturbing. I have to admit, it was fun coming up with a list of the best films about food. To clarify, these films are actually about food. Diner is one of the funniest movies ever. Its title implies it is about food; however, it is not, and thus doesn't make the cut. So, here is my top 10 list of the best food films I've seen:
Sending a child away to college is one of the most exciting—and nerve-racking—times in families’ lives. Will they succeed academically? Will they get along with their roommate? Will they be able to live on their own? These are just some of the questions each parent faces as their child enters adulthood. Dr. Sherrie Campbell, a veteran psychologist based in southern California and author of Loving Yourself : The Mastery of Being Your Own Person, says the best way to transition your teen into the next chapter is to instill them with confidence and discipline. LN recently spoke with Campbell, whose specialties include psychotherapy with adults and teenagers, more about how parents can prepare their kids for the privileges and challenges of college life.
Kudos to St. James Winery. Its Friendship School White Wine was named Best White Wine at California’s Long Beach Grand Cru Competition earlier this month. The winery also took home five additional gold medals, seven silver medals and a bronze medal for its other entries in the competition.
Santa Monica is a beachside city, bordered on three sides by the concrete sprawl of Los Angeles, and on the other side, the majestic sprawl of the Pacific Ocean—a marvelous mix of sophistication and kitsch.
Inspired by STAGES St. Louis’ acclaimed production of Always, Patsy Cline, LN fashion editor Katie Yeadon selected patriotic pieces that are perfect for all the BBQs, picnics and concerts a St. Louis summer holds.
When founding the original 18|8 Fine Men’s Salon in Southern California a decade ago, the owners looked to an unusual source for the business’ name. “Harry Brearley was the inventor who figured out that the addition of 18-percent chrome and 8-percent nickel to steel eliminated rust, and allowed for a better-looking and better-performing product: stainless steel,” says Joe Bryan, owner of the newly opened 18|8 Fine Men’s Salon in Creve Coeur. It was those proportions that inspired the name 18|8. “The salon strives to transform its clientele to look and perform their best. A man who looks better and feels better about himself performs better.”
Kampai Sushi Bar is one of those places that sort of sneak up on you. Although it's located in the bustling Central West End, the restaurant sits on a quiet, tree-lined street removed from the busy Euclid Avenue. strip where most of the neighborhood's high-profile eateries are, tucked next to an equally anonymous apartment building.
Chardonnay is known as a classic grape. Grown in most parts of the world, it’s a grape that is praised, revered, bashed and misunderstood. It’s the white-wine darling of the American appetite, and a golden star in Burgundy. It’s a staple in the winemaker’s dream palette.
Everyone’s got a past. But, of course, some are just naturally more interesting than others. Three area realtors opened up to LN about how they got to where they are today, and how they transfer the skills they gained in previous careers to give them an edge in real estate industry.
Story: Four vignettes all are set in the suite of a London hotel overlooking Hyde Park. In Settling Accounts, successful Welsh novelist Brian is shocked to learn that he is suddenly bankrupt. As he pieces together what happened, he realizes that his financial advisor Billy has drained Brian's bank accounts. Before Billy can skip town, however, he finds himself at the business end of Brian’s revolver, attempting to ‘explain’ what has happened to the money.